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Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father calls missing and murdered inquiry a ‘bloody farce’

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Hereditary chief Bill Wilson, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father, says the commissioners of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry should be replaced. (Facebook)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘should fire these people,’ says hereditary B.C. chief

By Catharine Tunney, CBC News, May 24, 2017

Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and the father of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is a “bloody farce” and the commissioners leading it need to be replaced. Read the rest of this entry

Frustrated families vow to ‘blockade’ missing and murdered inquiry hearings

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Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail, right, comforts Shirley Gunner, as John Fox looks on during a news conference regarding the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls national inquiry in Ottawa. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Father of murdered woman says inquiry is at a ‘crisis’ point

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News, May 23, 2017

Some family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are vowing to blockade meetings of the national inquiry to protest what they call a disastrous start.

“We are prepared to take blockades against this inquiry, if it goes through our communities we will be there, it doesn’t matter where,” John Fox told reporters Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Women’s Warrior song #MMIW Event

posted to Yutube by Cheryl James on Oct 15, 2013

Keewatin Otchitchak Traditional Women’s Drum singing the Women’s Warrior Song, originally from the Sta’timc at Mount Currie, BC.

Police act like idiots during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women

cops-simpsons-1‘What do we do when we’re sending women in to do training on race relations and they feel violated?’

By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 13, 2016

Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues, but a city official says it was all a misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa launches long-awaited inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women

Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry

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Warrior flag flies outside Manitoba Legislative Building, July 2016.

Role police, CFS play in MMIW cases must be examined in national inquiry, protesters say

CBC News,  July 26, 2016

About half a dozen tents were set up outside the Manitoba Legislative Building by protesters who say the province is keeping a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women from getting underway.

Last week, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government said it is moving forward with an order in council in support of the inquiry, but officials are still in negotiations with the federal government over the terms of reference. Read the rest of this entry

‘No foul play’ found in deaths of dozens of Indigenous women, but questions remain

Missing Women justice posterCBC investigation finds suspicious circumstances in deaths ruled accidental or suicidal

By Holly Moore, Martha Troian, CBC News June 28, 2016

In dozens of cases where police say there is no evidence of foul play, the families of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women maintain their loved ones may have been victims of homicide, a CBC News investigation has found.

Despite official rulings of suicide or accidental death, CBC News has found evidence in some cases of unexplained injuries, suspicious circumstances, failure to interview key witnesses and persons of interest who have never been convicted. Read the rest of this entry

More than 100 indigenous women in N.L. murdered or missing, meeting told

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Rally for missing/murdered Indigenous women. CBC.

Pre-Inquiry meeting held at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre

By Mark Quinn, CBC News, March 31, 2016

A shocking number was revealed at meeting in St. John’s Wednesday: more than 100 indigenous women and girls are estimated to have been murdered or gone missing in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“It is a big issue, and that’s the point,” said Angus Andersen, who hosted the gathering of about a dozen people at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre. Read the rest of this entry

Highway of Tears gets $3M for transportation safety plan

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Billboard warns against hitch hiking along Highway 16 in northern BC, also known as the “Highway of Tears” for the high number of missing/murdered women.

Funding comes after a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area

CBC News, Dec 14, 2015

The B.C. government is committing $3 million to improve public transit along B.C.’s so-called Highway of Tears.

The funding comes following a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area, to address concerns about the number of women who have gone missing or been murdered while hitchhiking Highway 16, which runs between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Read the rest of this entry

Winnipeg police charge man, 53, with second-degree murder in Tina Fontaine death

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Tina Fontaine, whose body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River on Aug 17, 2014.

by APTN National News, December 11, 2015
Winnipeg police have charged a 53-year-old man with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine.

Raymond Joseph Cormier, 53, was arrested Wednesday in the Vancouver area.

Fontaine, 15, was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River on Aug. 17 2014. Read the rest of this entry